River II: Accidental Reflections

On the lower sheet, the left-most image was printed upside down. River II preserves this accidental reflection. —Ellsworth Kelly

An accident, was it?  Reflections often are
precisely that: little glints of clarity
in a wash of ruffled chaos—like a star
winking and sputtering unimpressively
behind the curtain of competing light
that we call ambient. And this is how
you realized a way to recreate
the chronicles of rivers: upside down,
purling backward, puckering a skein
of water with your brushes, showing where
a wrinkle on the surface might explain
the rocks below. But only here and there—
reflecting, in your enigmatic way,
what rivers might or might not have to say.

—Marilyn L. Taylor